Seven up is the drink of choice for East Budleigh as they win again!

PUBLISHED: 10:19 03 November 2010

East Budleigh 2nds (blue) V Hatherleigh (red) football, Saturday 25th September.; Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 2960-39-10AW

East Budleigh 2nds (blue) V Hatherleigh (red) football, Saturday 25th September.; Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 2960-39-10AW

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IT WAS certainly a case of lucky seven for East Budleigh as they used up a large slice of good fortune before securing a seventh successive League victory, writes Mark Auton.

IT WAS certainly a case of lucky seven for East Budleigh as they used up a large slice of good fortune before securing a seventh successive League victory, writes Mark Auton.

Despite being second best in this one, there was nothing second best about the performance of goalkeeper Rob Dance who pulled off a string of exquisite saves in Man of the Match display.

The visitors were out of the blocks quicker in the opening quarter, with the Budleigh defence on immediate alert; Richard Thompson and Phil Page making timely clearances.

Without the services of Josh Sale and Paul Carnell, Budleigh also lost Paul Dowling to an early injury, replaced by Matt Plowman, who was denied in the 21st minute by an excellent double save when set up by Dave Evans.

Heavitree struck first minutes later and, but for Dance, would have been futher ahead before the scores were levelled; Dan Reynolds and Matt Chown were involved in finding Dave Evans, whose centre was headed into his own net by an opposing defender.

Before the half- time whistle, Budleigh almost grabbed an unlikely lead; successive corner kicks from Andy Case saw Tim Whiteoak flick a near-post header against the upright and it was deja vu when Simon Tuley rose in the same position to see his header cleared off the line.

The pattern of the second 45 was similar to the first, with the away side creating the first chance with a vicious drive stinging the palms of Dance.

Plowman was again denied when following up a Tuley shot, but that was a rare opportunity for the league leaders.

Dance, with more top class keeping, looked to have preserved a point for Budleigh, but when Mickey Cope’s injury time cross was flicked on by Page, Tuley rose at the far post to pinch a victory, his fourth against Heavitree following his hat-trick earlier in the campaign.

This Saturday, Budleigh play host to League 2 leader Beacon Knights in the Senior Cup.

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